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India would like to support Africa in vaccination, says Dr Mansukh Mandaviya

Our Bureau, New Delhi
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 11:45 Hrs  [IST]

India would like to extend its support to the African nations in taking the journey from vaccine availability till vaccination with focus on implementation based on India’s experience of vaccination, said Union minister of health and family welfare and chemicals and fertilizers, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya.
 
He was addressing a session 'Closing Vaccines Gap' at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos at Congress Centre. He also delivered the opening remarks for another session, 'Unlocking the Power of Digital Health', in the Annual meeting.
 
"India would like to further support and strengthen our ongoing relationship with Africa. India offers to support in augmenting research and development capability of African countries on medical countermeasures," he said during his address on closing vaccine gap.
 
India would also like to extend its support to Africa in taking the journey from vaccine availability till vaccination with focus on implementation based on India’s experience of vaccination 96% of its population with 1st dose and 86% with both doses, he added.
 
India has shown its prowess in vaccine research and development, manufacturing, and implementation, when we indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccines and achieved the monumental task of administering more than 1.92 billion vaccines.
 
With paramount challenges of population, diversity, vaccine hesitancy and vaccine eagerness and coverage for vulnerable sections, India embarked with meticulous planning and advanced research under overall leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, much before other countries and have been successful in saving many lives, he averred.
 
Addressing the session Unlocking the Power of Digital Health, he said that there is a need to create a tech supported healthcare service delivery which is resilient, reliable, and accessible till the last mile.
 
Digital health is a great equaliser and enabler to support Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals and can help ensure accessibility and affordability of health service delivery.
 
With prime focus on moving from siloed to an ecosystem approach for digital health, India is creating a national framework for digital health in India.
 
Under Ayushman Bharat (Long Live India) Digital Mission, India has embarked on digital transformation of healthcare in India. The focus is on creation of a longitudinal Electronic Health Record for more than 1.3 billion people of India.
 
"We have already issued more than 220 million Unique Health IDs along with health facilities and provider registry. India has already utilised digital health interventions for its national programme management. Reproductive & Child Healthcare IT platform tracks more than 120 million pregnant women for their ANC, PNC check-up, delivery planning and over 90 million children for immunization. Health Management Information system regularly collates data regarding health programmes from more than 200,000 health facilities," he said.
 
Through the NCD application, India has screened more than 80 million citizens for diabetes, hypertension and cancers, in turn creating a population profile of India. Telemedicine platform e-Sanjeevani has benefited more than 390 million beneficiaries through video consultations during Covid-19 pandemic, making it the biggest such platform in the world.
 
CoWIN platform monitors name-based vaccination and has monitored administration of more than 1.92 billion vaccination doses, including beneficiary registration, AEFI monitoring and a QR code based digital certificate.
 
India has promoted digital health agenda at global level as Chair in Global Digital Health Partnership. It was India which had moved the Digital Health Resolution in WHO to prioritise the global framework for digital health.
 
Digital health interventions can help penetrate health service delivery till the last mile ensuring equitable healthcare service delivery. With technologies like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, 5G, nanotech, we need to create a tech supported healthcare service delivery which is resilient, reliable, and accessible till the last mile, he added.

 

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